Ashe County Commissioner Gerald Price stepped down from his place on the dais to address the Board of Commissioners and county citizens, during the public comment portion of the board’s regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 18.
Price said that while his term on the board will expire in November, his “oath” will not. He also took time to respond to what he described as “rumors” printed about him in recent weeks.
“I took an oath to serve the people of Ashe County and the only thing that I have that I really want to apologize to them for is that the rumors and stories that have been printed about me, I have not been able to respond to them,” Price said. “I was always told I got a copper coin and a silver coin in my hand, and all stories has got two sides to them.”
Price said he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to responding to questions from members of the media, because he’s currently “a federal witness.”
“I have to remain silent about the elements of the case,” Price said. “The case that was dismissed against me two weeks ago, due to newly discovered evidence in that case, I have 12 months to reopen that particular case and it will be opened.”
Price described himself as a “whistleblower” during his 10-minute address before the board.
“There’s things being perpetrated on our court system by certain alleged law firms that are nothing more than third party debt collectors,” Price said. “They are coming out of Charlotte, they’re coming out of Fayetteville, they’re hitting every county that’s in the state, all 100.”
Price went on to say that his property was foreclosed on unlawfully.
“If I’m foreclosed on lawfully, I’m man enough to walk away from it,” Price said. “When someone takes in rem action against me…then that’s a different story.”
Price was referring to the foreclosure on his property by SunTrust Bank in February of this year.
“I’m getting ready to file a federal suit against them,” Price said.
“They’re perpetrating these egregious, fraudulent representations upon our court to take from the people and put them on the streets,” Price said. “The reason I’m sharing this with you is because there’s a new board coming up soon and I’ll be leaving and Judy will be leaving, but it’s your responsibility to monitor this and stay on top of it.”
“Please forgive what was published on me,” Price said. He went on to state that 95 percent of what’s been written in the media has been incorrect, but his being a federal witness prohibited him from offering up any sort of response.
“My oath will not end or terminate at the end of November,” Price said. “I promise I will continue trying to serve the people of Ashe County, because I took that oath before God almighty. My term will end, but my oath will not.”
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